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Member & Faculty Spotlight

 ASDA’s community is made of over 20,000 dental students as well as the faculty and administrators who make your learning experience meaningful. Each month, ASDA will highlight dental students and faculty from ASDA chapters across the United States.    

If you would like us to feature you or a student or faculty member at your chapter, please contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist.    

Member Spotlight  Clare Mcgorry 

Name: Clare McGorry   

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.    

Chapter: Ohio State   


Graduation year: 2016   

Position held at chapter: Chapter secretary   

Plans after graduation: A GPR or AEGD    

Favorite ASDA benefit: Meeting dental students from all over the country and widening my view of the dental field.    

 Last good book you read: I’m currently reading “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown and I absolutely love it.    

 Mac or PC? Mac   

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: The complete soundtrack to “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews.    

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My iphone   

Unique hobby or interest: The women in my extended family meet each other a couple times a year to participate in half marathons together.  We generally pick a different location for each race and make a weekend of it. It’s a great way to keep in touch when we all live in different cities.    

Faculty Spotlight Dr. Marsha A. Pyle   

Name: Dr. Marsha A. Pyle, MEd   

Position held at dental school: Dean   


Dental school you graduated from: Case Western   

Dental speciality: I am a general dentist, completed a GPR, completed a two year fellowship in geriatric dentistry, and I have a masters degree in education with a focus in adult learning.    

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? I enjoyed science and ultimately wanted to help others improve their oral health. I was inspired by neighbors and friends who pursued a dental career.    

How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA helps our students participate in positive advocacy and change to improve our profession. It gives our talented students an opportunity to learn about the impact of organized dentistry and leadership. It also creates an early network for all students that should remain as they transition into the profession and the next steps in their careers.  I see it as an essential part of their professional development whether as an active member or a new leader.    

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Always be willing to learn.  Being true to your core values and respectful of other’s opinions and wisdom can keep you grounded in what matters.      

Last good book you read: “The No ***hole Rule.”   Authored by a Stanford professor, it is a book about teamwork, civility, and culture.  Much of my time is spent helping others grow in their ability to work with others and be positive, productive team members.  Professionalism, respect, and teamwork are essential for a positive work culture.     

Unique hobby or interest: Avid boater in Canada, Ohio River and Florida   

Member Spotlight  Samantha Crawford 

Name: Samantha Crawford   

Hometown: Neponset, Ill.   

Chapter: Midwestern-Arizona   


Graduation year: 2017   

Position held at chapter: Chapter SPEA Representative   

Plans after graduation: I am still figuring out whether I want to do a GPR, AEGD, Pediatric residency, or become an associate dentist. However, I do know that if I don’t specialize, I want to be a general dentist with a focus on treating families. I hope to still work with children whether I would become a pediatric dentist or not. Additionally, I hope to be able to give back to the community in any way that I can.   

Favorite ASDA benefit: Having the opportunity to organize events, attend conferences, network, and meet colleagues from different dental schools.     

Last good book you read: "Silver Shadows" by Richelle Mead    

Mac or PC? PC but learning to like a Mac   

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: I do not own an iPod. I listen to Pandora mostly.    

Personal possession that you can’t live without: My phone, since I use it for everything, such as talking, e-mailing, planning, camera, etc.   

Unique hobby or interest: I love being outdoors hiking, skiing, playing softball, etc.    

Faculty Spotlight Dr. John N. Williams   

Name: Dr. John N. Williams   

Position held at dental school: Professor and Dean, Indiana   


Dental school you graduated from: Louisville University   

Dental speciality: General Practice/Public Health   

What made you pursue a career in dentistry? Dentistry provided me the opportunity to combine science, clinical practice and working with the public into one profession.   

How does ASDA benefit your students? Involvement in ASDA teaches students about the profession, provides hands-on experience in leadership development and exposes dental students to the future real world challenges and opportunities of the profession at the local, state and national levels.   

Words of wisdom for future dentists: Never stop learning; dental practice of the past will not be dental practice for the future   

Last good book you read: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson   

Unique hobby or interest: Avid boater in Canada, Ohio River and Florida   



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